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Santa Paws helps out local groups

The Tri Lake Animal Hospital along with many Lake Country residents, helped raise almost $1,000 for a couple of animal charities over the Christmas holidays. A Santa Paws event, where many families brought their pets in to get pictures with Santa Paws, included  Xanthus, a bearded dragon (below) as well as more traditional pets such as cats and dogs. - Dew Photography/Contributed
The Tri Lake Animal Hospital along with many Lake Country residents, helped raise almost $1,000 for a couple of animal charities over the Christmas holidays. A Santa Paws event, where many families brought their pets in to get pictures with Santa Paws, included Xanthus, a bearded dragon (below) as well as more traditional pets such as cats and dogs.
— image credit: Dew Photography/Contributed

Christmas may be fading into the memory banks for most, but two Lake Country charities have received a generous donation thanks to a Christmas event at the Tri Lake Animal hospital in Lake Country.

Close to $1,000 was raised for the Okanagan Humane Society and Paws it Forward when Santa Paws stopped off at the Tri Lake Animal Hospital just before Christmas, allowing resident to get some seasonal photos with their furry, feathered and scaly clients in aid of the two local charities.

The event proved to be an amazing success with more than 40 pet owners from Lake Country, Kelowna and Vernon coming to see Santa, who met over 50 pets including Kash the Nigerian goat, Vixen the rat, Xanthus the bearded dragon, and Kira the python, as well as festively attired cats and dogs.

“We had an amazing time at the Tri Lake Santa photo shoot” said Charlotte from Paws It Forward. “It was so exciting to see some of our Paws it Forward alumni dogs and their happy forever homes. We love how the community has been so supportive of our dog rescue and we can’t thank you all enough.”

Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, the event at the Tri Lake Animal Hospital raised $841.28 for the two charities, including a donation from a lovely couple who had saved up more than $200 in change over the year; and a pet photo shoot which was donated for silent auction by Laurie Dew, of Dew Photography.

Representatives from both charities were at the event and were able to meet and chat with owners and identify potential new forever homes.

Louvain Schon, from the Okanagan Humane Society, was happy to be involved.

“Tri Lake Animal Hospital has been so supportive of the Okanagan Humane Society over many years and this is another example of their commitment to animal welfare and the generosity of animal lovers in the Okanagan,” said Schon. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and the donation will be of great help to the society. I would encourage anyone thinking of spaying or neutering their pets to do this as it greatly helps reduce the number of unwanted pets and feral animals in the valley.”

While waiting for their moment in the spotlight, pets and owners were given tours of Tri Lake Animal Hospital facilities by the doctors and animal health technologists, including the 24 hour ICU, operating rooms and CT scanner.

Drs. Linda Kaplan, Autumn Pulfer and Dawn Coldwell were also available for pet related questions.

Tri Lake thanks all of their clients—owners and pets—for their support of the event, and also all the staff who helped make everything go smoothly and donated their time and resources for free.

Particular thanks to Santa Paws; local Winfield resident and all round amazing Santa, Ken Dehnke; Laurie Dew of Dew Photography and her assistant Carli who helped every pet look their best; and Pam Kirstiuk for her handmade jewelry and refreshments.

 

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